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Q-15: I am 15 year old studying in grade 9. For last 4 years, I am eating betel nut that is very common in my family. My mother, sisters and elder brother also use betel nut. I want to quit I but couldn't. My family claims not bad effects of using betel nut. Once I tried to quit it that resulted in physical problems and I had difficulty in concentrating on my studies. Please guide me what I do to quit betel nut forever.  Umer  Karachi

A-Dear Umer, first you keep in mind that all drugs from betel nut to heroin are harmful for health. Some drugs rapidly destroy your health like heroin but there are some drugs or substances that slowly and silently ruin your life as betel nut, tobacco. Your family is habituated of that and use of betel nut is common in your surroundings that's why your family and people living around are not realizing its harmful effects. In this situation, you first focus on yourself. You can not impose your views on your family because you are too young. You try to quit betel nut. If you are using betel nut for 4 times in day, then use 3 and very next day, use 2 and after two days use 1 and after 5 days, do not use it at all. It will take you some times to give it up forever. Initially you may have physical complaints but with the passage of time you will overcome it. You will be more able to concentrate on your studies after getting rid of this addiction. So, start from today  DFN

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